Pair in court over stolen burnt out car

Pair in court over stolen burnt out car

A man and a teenager have appeared before court in Derry on charges relating to the theft of a car which was then set on fire.

A police officer told the Magistrate's Court on Wednesday that a woman used her mobile phone to photograph the burning of a stolen Audi car outside her home in the Nixon's Corner area of the city at dawn on Tuesday.The officer made the disclosure when two defendants, one of them aged 21 and the other a 17-year-old juvenile, appeared in court charged with stealing the car from outside the owner's home at Hinton Park in the Waterside and then setting it on fire.The officer said after the car was stolen, it was driven for several hours around counties Derry and Donegal. When the car was in Co Donegal, three burglaries were reported to the GardaĆ­.One of the defendants, Daniel Martin Armstrong, 21 and of no fixed abode, who denies the charges, was only released three weeks ago from prison in the Republic of Ireland for committing similar charges. Opposing bail for him, the officer said he had 22 previous criminal convictions and he had a propensity for joy riding.Armstrong's co-accused, the juvenile, has no previous convictions and has made some admissions in relation to the charges. Both he and Armstrong were arrested as they walked along Fanad Drive in the Creggan area of the city shortly after the Audi car was destroyed. The juvenile was granted bail, but Armstrong was remanded in custody until 19 June.


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